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Preposition Guide

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This guide lists English prepositions used in a less literal meaning, but a meaning that is common on genealogy biographies. It is especially meant for non-native English speakers.

Location Prepositions

  • At an address: He lives at 100 Main Street.
  • On a street: She lives on Main Street.
  • In a street (on top of the street itself). He is in Main Street, standing on the asphalt.
  • At an intersection: She lives at Main Street and Church Street.
  • In a city/town/village: He lives in London.
  • At a city/town/village (stop on a jouney): The train stops at London, before continuing to Dover.
  • In a country/state/province: She lives in Canada.
  • At/in a cemetery: He was buried in the General Cemetery / at the General Cemetery.
  • On a farm: She lived on the Smith's Farm.

Time Prepositions

  • At a time: at 4:45 pm, at nine 'o clock
  • On a day: on 1 January 1900
  • In a month: in January 1900
  • In a year: in 1900
  • In a decade: in the 1920s
  • In a century: in the 20th century

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